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China’s War with Japan

Rana Mitter's new book explores Japan's historical role in shaping modern China

By Isabel Hilton   July 2013

China’s War With Japan by Rana Mitter (Allen Lane, £25)

China’s conflict with Japan seems never-ending. Its modern phase began in 1895 when an ailing China was soundly beaten by a modernised and expansionist Japan in the contest for dominance in Korea. War in Manchuria and the Japanese occupation of much of China followed in the 20th century.

This new book by Rana Mitter, the broadcaster and Oxford historian, focuses on the Second Sino-Japanese War, which began in 1937 and lasted until 1945. This is a story told mainly from…

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